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National School Lunch Program

CN Labeling Program Updates

Declaration Statements

After July 1, 2008, all new CN label applications are required to contain CN crediting statements that reflect the full contribution of the food based component provided by the formulation.

Example: A pizza formula with crust (made with creditable grain), tomato paste and cheese must declare the maximum allowable credit for the meat/meat alternate, vegetable, and bread alternate components.

This requirement means that the CN statement must declare all contributions of a given formula to the fullest extent possible. If a formulation provides 1/8 cup of vegetable from tomato paste, it must be declared in the CN statement. Likewise, if a pizza crust contributes five servings of bread alternate, then the CN statement must declare all five servings.

Additional information about the CN Labeling Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition Service
Child Nutrition Division, Room 632
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 305-2609

Page updated: May 21, 2019